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DRESS AND SOCIETY: CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ARCHAEOLOGY. Ed. by T.F. Martin and R. Weech. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2017. Published in the U.S.A. by Oxbow Books, Philadelphia. 192 pp. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781785703157 In English.
Due date: March 2017. Publisher's description: While traditional studies of dress and jewelery have tended to focus purely on reconstruction or descriptions of style, chronology and typology, the social context of costume is now a major research area in archaeology. This refocusing is largely a result of the close relationship between dress and three currently popular topics: identity, bodies and material culture. Not only does dress constitute an important means by which people integrate and segregate to form group identities, but interactions between objects and bodies, quintessentially illustrated by dress, can also form the basis of much wider symbolic systems. Consequently, archaeological understandings of clothing shed light on some of the fundamental aspects of society, hence our intentionally unconditional title. Dress and Society illustrates the range of current archaeological approaches to dress using a number of case studies drawn from prehistoric to post-medieval Europe. Individually, each chapter makes a strong contribution in its own field whether through the discussion of new evidence or new approaches to classic material.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 175181
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